Although he's originally from Chattanooga, Tennessee, the Executive Director of The Kate, Chuck Still, fits right in with these Connecticut Yankees. He shares a dry sense of humor and a hard work ethic with the denizens of the shoreline and Old Saybrook. Three plus years ago, Chuck came up to Old Saybrook to finish raising funds and community support for a new project, The Katharine Hepburn Cultural Arts Center. By jove, he did it -- and now runs the most gorgeous renovated stage facility in all of Connecticut. In his role as Executive Director, Still wears many hats as he welcomes international, national, and local acts performing in a variety of genres to appeal to audiences of all ages.
Or, in his own words (from http://www.thekate.org) “Welcome to the Katharine Hepburn Cultural Arts Center, or The Kate as we fondly know it. The Center is unique, in my experience, as it was born not of a singular artistic vision or a single philanthropist’s largesse, but instead of an entire town’s desire to reclaim some of their history and pay tribute to its most celebrated resident. Sure, there are lots of famous home museums that do this, but the Center is not some homage to the past. It is instead a living, breathing organism, touching lives, educating, entertaining and enlightening people all along Connecticut’s shore and up and down the river valley.” What’s next for Chuck? Stay tuned to the Kate’s website: http://www.thekate.org
Three favorite Agnelli songs played live in one clip. . . it's really for Ben Feuer, again, to catch some moments for his movie on Lauren but hey, if you like these songs (or the players here -- Amalgamated Muck, Matthew Male & Rodney Maxwell, Dana Takaki on violin in last clip) then it was worth it, right? And if you're a Lauren fan, hey, cool beans!!
From Banjo Jim's in NYC to the American Melody Studio in Guilford, it's all a wild walk on the creative side for the 5-piece Americana group from Connecticut, Amalgamated Muck. The millions of unemployed (and underemployed) people are what Lauren terms in her tongue-in-cheek view, "The reluctant new leisure class" and so, the song goes accordingly. (writers: Lauren Agnelli & Dave Rave)
Not so hard questions and answers combine in this saucy but sincere Q&A created for those who really want to know. . . what's next for musician/writer Lauren Agnelli. But, as the artist herself quips, "Want to make God laugh? Tell 'im your plans!" Que Sera Sera, baby!